Ch 18: The U.S. Federal Government

About This Chapter

Our video lessons and quizzes can help you understand the structure of the federal government of the United States and how it operates. Learn about the branches of government and the function of regulatory agencies.

The U.S. Federal Government - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter examine the power of the U.S. federal government and how it works. The study includes a look at the three branches of government, exploring their structures, duties and responsibilities. You will learn how a bill becomes a law, the role of the Supreme Court and how the federal court system is organized.

Another lesson focuses on the U.S. Constitution and the powers it grants to the branches of government. These videos also discuss various regulatory agencies and what they do. The relationships between lobbyists, congressional staff and bureaucrats is also explored. After completing the lessons in this chapter, you should know about:

  • Powers of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government
  • How legislation is created and adopted into law
  • Interaction between lobbyists, bureaucrats and congressional staff
  • How federal regulatory agencies work
  • The Supreme Court and how it functions
  • Marbury v. Madison and what it means

These concise video lessons are presented in an engaging manner that makes learning fun. Experienced instructors use examples to help you understand each concept. The lessons include video tags that make it easy to jump to key points without having to re-watch the entire video. There is a transcript of each lesson that allows you to access the material in written form. At the conclusion of each lesson, you can gauge what you've learned with quizzes.

5 Lessons in Chapter 18: The U.S. Federal Government
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U.S. Constitution: Definition and the Judicial Review of Marbury v. Madison

1. U.S. Constitution: Definition and the Judicial Review of Marbury v. Madison

Our United States Constitution is known as the 'Supreme Law of the Land.' The United States Supreme Court determines when other laws are in conflict with the Constitution. This lesson explains the concepts of supremacy and judicial review.

Presidential Executive Order: Definition & Example

2. Presidential Executive Order: Definition & Example

Presidential Executive orders are rules issued by the president to an executive branch of government. These orders are law. This lesson explains what Executive orders are and how they are used.

Overview of the US Supreme Court

3. Overview of the US Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court justices reside over cases involving original jurisdiction under certain circumstances and appellate jurisdiction when a decision from a lower court involving constitutional law is at issue. Appellate cases require a writ of certiorari requesting permission to address this court.

What is the Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court?

4. What is the Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court?

The U.S. Supreme Court exercises a right to preside over specific cases and is considered the court of original jurisdiction based on subject-matter jurisdiction. It is considered an appellate court for cases involving constitutional law under certain circumstances.

The 3 Levels of the Federal Court System: Structure and Organization

5. The 3 Levels of the Federal Court System: Structure and Organization

The federal court system has three main levels: U.S. District Court, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Each level of court serves a different legal function for both civil and criminal cases.

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